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Karzai Says Kabul Won't Allow India-Pakistan 'Proxy War' On Afghan Soil

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, has said at a gathering in New Delhi that Kabul will not allow its soil to be used for a "proxy war" between India and Pakistan.

Speaking at a conference of policymakers, diplomats, and business leaders hosted by the "Hindustan Times" newspaper, Karzai also urged Indian, China, and Russia to put up a united fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Karzai told the gathering on November 21 that terrorism "derives its sustenance and support from outside" of Afghanistan’s borders.

And in a reference to Pakistan, the former Afghan president said: "Terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy has boomeranged."

Karzai, who made 20 visits to Pakistan in more than 12 years as president, has consistently spoken about terrorist sanctuaries outside of Afghanistan -- often referring to the financial and ideological support that terrorist groups have received in neighboring Pakistan.

Based on reporting by the "Hindustan Times"